Virtual school contracts due by Dec. 4 in Murray County Schools

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Brice Holcomb talks to the board about SPLOST.

Students wishing to attend or continue attending the Murray Virtual School need to fill out a commitment form by December 4. School administration said this was a second contract to stay in virtual school for the remainder of the school year. Orientation is every Monday night and Friday afternoon.

Murray County’s online learning for traditional students during unplanned breaks, such as when Tropical Storm Zeta closed school systems across the Northwest Georgia, is working pretty smoothly, according to Adriane Ellis, instructional technology specialist.

On Oct. 30, known as “Virtual Friday,” she said 3,790 assignments were posted to Google classroom, 1,539 students participated in classes, and Google Meet showed 2,582 users both students and teachers.

According to survey results, 72.5-percent of the 834 response indicated they were able to access help as needed and 85.3-percent said they did not have any tech issues.

ESPLOST

Brice Holcomb explained how to word the ESPLOST in order to give the board flexibility on how to sell the debt so you get the lowest rate and to protect the school system from getting all the money prior to the expiration of the ESPLOST.

“We set the maximum amount you can collect as $25.5 million. We by no means expect you to get that amount, but if you reach the max before the 60-months, you can no longer levy the tax.”

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Parent concerns

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Rhonda Gable, mother of a Gladden Middle School student, requests the board to allow her son to finish his 8th grade year at the school after the family moved out of district.

The board heard from one mother requesting her son be allowed to finish out the school year in Gladden before transferring to North Murray after they moved.

“I’ve brought all my children up in Murray County schools. (Now) We live out of district and my son really wants to finish at Gladded this year before transferring,” Rhonda Gable told the board.

“He’s a straight A student, a football player, and he was voted Mr. Gladden, which is a big deal,” said Gable. “We are hoping to move back into the district.”

The board thanked her for coming out and would look into it.

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